Off-the-Record Messaging Alternatives

    Off-the-Record Messaging is described as 'Off-the-Record (OTR) Messaging allows you to have private conversations over any instant messaging (MSN,Gtalk, Facebook and so on) by providing encryption, authentication, deniability, perfect forward secrecy' and is an app in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Off-the-Record Messaging for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Android, Mac and iPhone. The best alternative is Telegram, which is free. Other great apps like Off-the-Record Messaging are Element (Free Personal, Open Source), Tox (Free, Open Source), Jami (Free, Open Source) and Silence (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Dec 8, 2020

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      Telegram is a messaging app created by former VK creators with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful.
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      Element is a secure collaboration and messaging app based on the Matrix protocol. It’s decentralised to deliver digital sovereignty, and based on an open standard for easy connections and interoperability. It is end-to-end encrypted by default.
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    1. With the rise of widespread government monitoring programs, Tox is an easy to use application that allows you to connect with friends and loved ones without anyone else listening in.
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    2. Jami (formerly GNU Ring, SFLphone) positions itself as a potential free Skype replacement Open Source and cross-platform. Jami gives you a full control over your communications and an unmatched level of privacy.
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    3. Protect your communication in transit and on your phone. Silence (formerly SMSSecure) is a full replacement for the default text messaging application: all messages are encrypted locally and messages to other Silence users are encrypted over the air.

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      Silence seems to be discontinued, the only commits for a long time have been translations and not code updates.

      https://git.silence.dev/Silence/Silence-Android/-/commits/master

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    4. ChatSecure is a free and open source messaging app that features OTR encryption over XMPP. You can connect to your existing accounts on Facebook or Google, create new accounts on public XMPP servers(including via Tor), or even connect to your own server for extra security.
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    5. Wickr is a free end-to-end encrypted text, video, picture and voice messenger with full sender control.
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      Bitmessage is a P2P communications protocol used to send encrypted messages to another person or to many subscribers. It is decentralized and trustless, meaning that you need-not inherently trust any entities like root certificate authorities.
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    6. An alternative Telegram client based on TDLib, with higher speed, slicker animations and experimental features. The goal of Telegram X is to reinvent Telegram and explore new frontiers in speed, ease of use, quality of animations and all other aspects.
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    7. Technitium Bit Chat is a secure, peer-to-peer (p2p), open source instant messenger designed to provide end-to-end encryption. It can be used over Internet and private LAN networks for instant messaging and file transfer.
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